Derek Jeter Rookie Card Guide, Gallery and Investment Ideas
Derek Jeter is considered by many to be one of the best baseball players of his generation.
He played his entire 20-year career with the New York Yankees, winning five World Series titles and becoming the franchise's all-time leader in hits.
Values of Jeter's rookie cards saw a significant increase upon his election to the Hall Of Fame in 2021, but have since cooled dramatically. Still, his rookie cards remain highly sought-after by collectors.
Here's everything you need to know about Derek Jeter rookie cards, including a gallery of some of the most valuable cards and investment ideas.
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1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)
Joe DiMaggio was voted baseball's greatest living player in 1969, a testament to his all-around excellence on the baseball field.
"The Yankee Clipper" had superstar credentials that few players, even today, could match.
Power? At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth on the all-time home run list.
Contact? His legendary 56-game hitting streak might be the best living record in any sport.
Winning? His 9 World Series rings in 13 seasons as a major leaguer make him arguably the game's most dominant individual champion.
Not surprisingly, the two 1938 Goudey Heads-Up Joe DiMaggio rookie cards are some of the hobby's most enduring gems.
Let's dig into this iconic rookie issue of one of baseball's greatest icons.
1913 Fatima T200 Team Cards (An Underlooked Pre-War Gem)
Most collectors eyeing an investment in the pre-war tobacco baseball cards shoot for the big time hall of famers like Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson as a few examples.
And most without a strong familiarity of tobacco card options, head straight for the premier sets from the early 1900's such as the ever popular T206 White Borders set.
However, what if I were to tell you there's a much cheaper (and rarer) option than the T206 set, with the ability to get cards featuring multiple hall of famers on one card?
That set is the 1913 T200 Fatima Team Card set, and although there are only sixteen cards in the set, it is one that all vintage card investors need to be familiar with.
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1961 Fleer Jerry West Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)
As nicknames go, Jerry West has two of the greatest.
"The Logo" (in honor of his iconic profile on the NBA trademark) and "Mr. Clutch" (in recognition of his uncanny effectiveness in big moments),
West’s legendary 60-foot buzzer-beater to send Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals to overtime is one of many examples.
These handles befit the sweet-shooting West, a fierce competitor on the court and one of the game's premier all-around players.
He's one of only seven players who led the NBA in both scoring (1970) and assists (1972) during his career.
West's outsize contributions to the game over a span of decades as a player, coach, and executive make him a familiar favorite for collectors of multiple generations.
In particular, the 1961 Fleer Jerry West rookie card is one of the hobby's most sought-after vintage cards and a centerpiece issue for serious Lakers collectors.
Let's take a closer look at this iconic Jerry West card and the career of "Mr. Clutch."
Bob Feller Baseball Cards (Our Picks For Investment Potential)
Bob Feller was one of the best pitchers in baseball history. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1936 to 1956, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Feller was a hard-throwing right-hander who struck out more than two hundred batters in a season five times. He also pitched three no-hitters, and was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day.
Feller served in the Navy during World War II, and came back to baseball after the war. He helped the Indians win the World Series in 1948.
If you are a fan of baseball, then Bob Feller's baseball cards need to be on your radar.
In this piece we will discuss our picks for the best Bob Feller baseball cards to invest in.
1954 Topps Ernie Banks Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)
Ernie Banks was not just a Hall of Fame player. He was a Chicago icon.
His signature "Let's play two!" approach to the game of baseball thrilled Cubs fans, as did his uncommon power from the shortstop position.
Off the field, his charitable work and success as a businessman earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A testament to his enduring reputation among Americans, young and old.
The 1954 Ernie Banks rookie card is a timeless classic appealing to vintage baseball card collectors.
Let's take a deeper look at what makes this player and card so special.
1906 Fan Craze Baseball (Better Investment Than T206 Cards?)
Before the days of TV's and iPads and iPhones, US consumers were forced to keep themselves occupied without screens (can you imagine!?).
In the late 1800's and early 1900's board games were quite popular in the states.
Between 1904 and 1906 a company named Fan Craze out of Cincinnati, Ohio offered its own spin on the table game movement.
The less popular 1904 Fan Craze game featured a set of cards without player images. Each card included a baseball play (such as 'Bunt' or 'Homerun') and players would take turns selecting a card to advance their batter on a playing board (shown below).
(side note, PSA has erroneously labeled the 1906 Fan Craze AL set as 1904 Fan Craze and still does to this day even though both the AL and the NL sets were released in 1906).